Stocks opened slightly higher on Wednesday as a better-than-expected reading on the labor market encouraged investors looking to halt the market's longest losing streak since October 2008.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was up 15.40 points, or 0.13 percent, at 11,882.02. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 2.38 points, or 0.19 percent, at 1,256.43. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 9.07 points, or 0.34 percent, at 2,678.31.

(Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica)